Mosquito Facts

Only female moquitoes bite.

Females can live more than 2 weeks and lay hundreds of eggs in their lifetime

Water is necessary for mosquito eggs to hatch into larvae.

Mosquito populations can be managed using various techniques such as eliminating stagnant water and cleaning out gutters.

Male mosquitoes locate females by the sound of their wings.

Mosquitoes can’t fly very far or very fast.  They usually remain in the area where they hatch.

Mosquitoes can smell human breath via receptors on their antennae that detect CO2.  Human sweat and body heat also serve as attractants to mosquitoes.

Mosquito bite “bumps” are a result of an allergic reaction to the mosquito saliva.

Mosquitoes are a health risk. They can spread Zika, West Nile, Dengue, Yellow Fever, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and Chikungunya viruses, as well as the Malaria and Dog Heartworm parasites.

Mosquitoes are considered the deadliest animal in the world. The Anopheles mosquito, in particular, is dangerous because it transmits malaria, which kills approximately one million people every year, primarily in Africa.

Bug zappers are usually more successful at killing beneficial insects than mosquitoes.